THE GUIDE

Rok Rozman has been captivated by fish since he was 5. The day his father took him fishing for the first time on his home river, the Sava, would lead to a life deeply connected to water.

Almost 30 years later, water is still a primary theme in Rok’s life. After a career as an Olympic rower, he completed his degree in Biology at the University of Ljubljana. He traveled the world running waterfalls and multiday kayak expeditions as a professional whitewater kayaker, before combining kayaking and biology to first found an Institute for Promotion and Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems called Leeway Collective and then creating the largest grassroots river conservation movement in Europe, Balkan River Defence. Throughout all the chapters of his life, fly fishing was a constant – his outlet to reflect, relax and refuel, which also resulted in him becoming a Patagonia enviro and Fly Fishing ambassador and pro team rider for NRS and Pyranha Kayaks. Throughout his career as a professional rower, extreme kayaker, biologist and environmentalist he was featured in BBC, Deutsche Welle, National Geographic, Globetrotter, has given a TED talk and has been awarded with Golden Paddle Award in 2017. His work and in depth interviews were featured in the BBC’s documentary Earth Great Rivers II: Danube, Patagonia’s film Blue Heart, books Earth’s Heroes by Noisy Crow and Waterworlds by Benevento Publishing. Just recently his interview was published in Behind the Lens column by Flylords.

As a fly fishing guide, Rok hopes to share his knowledge of fish ecology and behaviour in combination with unending admiration and respect for rivers. A day on the river with Rok means an experience learning about the river, the fish, tips, tricks and undoubtedly a juicy story or two while preparing you for that perfect cast into one of his many home rivers.

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